8th February, 2005
The UK’s best-selling sports car – the MG TF – is now smoother riding and even better equipped for all-round driving performance and pleasure. Revised suspension calibration ensures a more compliant ride and improved handling. The TF's appeal gets a step up for 2005 and now includes a heated glass rear window, new alloy wheels and a more stylish interior.
"Owners love their MG TFs for their style and everyday versatility, so for 2005 we have improved both. The ride is more compliant and we have made the handling responses more progressive on challenging roads," says Rob Oldaker, MG Rover’s Product Development director. "The heated glass rear window will make the TF an easier car to live with, particularly in winter and once inside I am confident owners will like the changes we have made to the interior."
The UK market has a variety of TF models to chose from. The TF 135 and 120 Stepspeed CVT automatic models are now distinguished with attractive new V-spoke 15" alloy wheels, and 115 models feature the 15" square spoke design. The performance flagship 160 models retains the attractive 16" 11-spoke design.
MG’s chassis engineers have improved the characteristics of the TF's suspension in both ride compliance and improved handling dynamics. Spring rates are lowered (20 and 30 per cent, front and rear respectively) with the aim of improving comfort. Revised damper settings give more control throughout the wheel travel so making the handling more progressive. The front anti-roll bar diameter has increased (up from 19 to 21mm).
Another major contributor to the improvements for the best-selling TF 135 model is the new 15" Conti Premium Contact tyre, which incorporates a stiffer sidewall for better ‘control on the limit’ behaviour.
Overall, the improvements ensure the TF is a more comfortable car in everyday driving yet even easier to drive on challenging roads. Enthusiasts will still be able to specify Sports suspension, with 10mm lower ride-height and uprated dampers (Sports Pack 1).
New heating and ventilation controls include illumination for greater night-time visibility and new ‘Technical Grey’ and ‘Technical Black’ finishes are applied to the console, door inserts and instrument binnacle on TF 135, 120 Stepspeed and 160, dependent on the interior colourway chosen. The desirable Alcantara®/leather trim is now standard on 160 models, available in black, grey or red, and now also in blue or green.
All TFs now feature remote central locking, superlocking, CD Tuner (plus MP3 on TF 160), leather steering wheel and handbrake grip, alloy gearknob and electric heated mirrors. Front fog lamps are standard on all except TF 115.
2005 MG TF – NEW FEATURES SUMMARY
Performance and economy remain unaffected by the enhanced product specifications. The on-the-road price for the TF 115 is £15,995, the TF 120 Stepspeed is £17,745, the TF 135 £18,595 and the TF 160 £20,495.
About the MGTF
Produced by MG Rover Group at its Longbridge production facility in South Birmingham, the TF is the MG brand’s iconic model, with a lineage that can be traced back through all the great MG sports cars. MG was established in 1924 by Cecil Kimber, then General Manager at Morris Garages from which the famous letters are derived.
The TF has been the UK’s best-selling sports car since launch, in 2002. All models from the 115 to the range-topping 160 model feature as standard; alloy wheels, mid-mounted twin-cam engine, class-leading safety protection and the pedigree of the MG octagon badge. MG club membership enthusiasts exceed 100,000 across the world – more than any other automotive brand.
Specifications for the Australian model will be announced at a later time. Expect an Australian release of the new model in the latter part of 2005.